Aaron Paul Goes Online With Gold Derby; Vince Gilligan Salutes James Gandolfini in THR

walter-jesse-season-3-325This week, Gold Derby has an online chat with Aaron Paul, while Vince Gilligan pays tribute to James Gandolfini in The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, Anna Gunn talks to both the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian. Read on for more:

 

• Aaron Paul, speaking with Gold Derby, says Breaking Bad‘s ultimate ending ”surprised us all, in a great way.”

• In The Hollywood Reporter, Vince Gilligan says, “Without Tony Soprano, there would be no Walter White,” and reflects on James Gandolfini’s warmth and friendliness.

• Anna Gunn tells the Los Angeles Times her favorite episode of the series to date is Season 5′s “Fifty-One” because “it showed such a broad range of emotions from Skyler.”

• The Guardian interviews Anna Gunn, who thinks the way Breaking Bad‘s cinematographer ”captured New Mexico was extraordinary.”

• TV Guide learns from Vince Gilligan that Breaking Bad‘s first episode back will contain an homage to Star Trek.

• Breaking Bad will appear at San Diego Comic-Con next month, on July 21, CarterMatt.com reports.

• Entertainment Weekly compiles a likeability index of characters — including Walt, Jesse, Skyler, Marie and Saul – that “make us question who we’re rooting for and why.”

• Deadline asserts, “There are very few shows that are as groundbreaking as Breaking Bad and thinks it deserves to win at least one best drama Emmy before going off the air.

• MediaPost‘s choice for the best drama Emmy is Breaking Bad (“a series as dark and unsettling as any ever produced for American television”). MediaPost also thinks the “crazy-talented” Bryan Cranston deserve the lead drama actor award.

• The Boston Globe‘s Mount Rushmore of TV actors includes Bryan Cranston (and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm).

• USA Today reports that Breaking Bad won three Saturn Awards: best presentation on television, best actor for Bryan Cranston and best supporting actor for Jonathan Banks.

• The Sacramento Bee hails Breaking Bad‘s August 11 return and calls Vince Gilligan “masterful.”

• Deadline speaks with Michael Slovis, the show’s cinematographer, who says that Breaking Bad uses “a more traditional film approach rather than television.”

• Dean Norris, talking to Parade, calls Breaking Bad‘s last episodes ”a great way to end an iconic show.”

• The Tampa Bay Times quotes Dean Norris saying, “It’s great to play the only guy on the show who didn’t break bad. All he wanted was a clean soul.”

• Dave Porter, Breaking Bad‘s composer, tells Yahoo to expect a “call back to some musical motifs first expressed in previous episodes” during the show’s final run.

• What Culture concludes that Breaking Bad is “the best TV show I have ever seen,” citing the drama’s visuals, acting and “moral questioning.”

• USA Today features a new Breaking Bad app that enables users to have their name appear with elements from the periodic table, just like in the show’s opening credits.

• RJ Mitte talks to ARTISTdirect.com about starring in a new music video for Hollywood Undead’s “Dead Bite.”

• Celebuzz, highlighting a TV spot promoting the final batch of Season 5 episodes, confesses, “I still get tingles when I hear Heisenberg talk about the empire business.”

• CarterMatt.com describes the new poster for the series’ final episodes as “ominous, creepy, and a not-so-subtle reminder that Walter White still believes himself to be the most important man in the room.” Crave OnlineDigital SpyThe Hollywood ReporterThe Huffington PostNBC NewsNew YorkTheWrap and Zap2it also spotlight the artwork.

• Albuquerque’s KOAT-TV reports that a local spa is teaching customers how to make Breaking Bad-inspired blue sheet candy and bath salts.

• Indiewire reports that Giancarlo Esposito will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• Betsy Brandt’s new series, The Michael J. Fox Show, will debut on NBC on Sept. 26, according to RedEye.

• Catch Bob Odenkirk as Richard Nixon in Comedy Central’s first episode of Drunk History (courtesy of Uproxx).

• According to A.V. Club, an Albuquerque brewery is coming out with a Breaking Bad-inspired beer called “Heisenberg’s Dark.”

• The latest Breaking Bad homage comes from Fighters Only magazine, which features two mixed martial arts coaches costumed as Walt and Jesse in hazmat suits.

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Breaking Bad Poster for the Final Episodes Revealed

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Today AMC unveiled the poster for the final episodes of Breaking Bad. The artwork features Walter White (Bryan Cranston) standing in the Albuquerque desert with the tagline “Remember My Name” printed across his body. Click here to see a larger version of the poster.

Breaking Bad returns with the final 8 episodes Sun., Aug. 11 at 9/8c on AMC.

The Breaking Bad Name Lab Lets You Imagine Yourself in the Opening Credits

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By now you’re familiar with Breaking Bad‘s iconic logo, which uses the symbols for bromine and barium on the periodic table of elements as part of its design. Ever wondered what your name would look like with the same treatment? Then try out the Breaking Bad Name Lab on Facebook. Once you’ve seen what your name looks like when transformed by elemental symbols, share it on Facebook and Twitter or download the animated GIF to send to your friends. Make your love for Breaking Bad known before the show’s return later this summer.

Click here to go to the Breaking Bad Name Lab on Facebook.

Breaking Bad returns with the final 8 episodes Sun., Aug. 11 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Bryan Cranston Hosts Reddit Ask Me Anything; Washington Post Endorses Breaking Bad

bb5-paul-cranston-325This week, Reddit features Bryan Cranston in an Ask Me Anything, while The Washington Post hails Breaking Bad‘s final return. Plus, Dean Norris does a slew of interviews, including Jimmy Kimmel Live. Read on for more:

 

• Bryan Cranston hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, proving “once again that he is kind of awesome,” according to Entertainment WeeklyA.V. ClubComplexThe Hollywood ReporterThe Huffington PostIFCMetroNewsdayNew YorkRolling StoneVanity Fair and Wetpaint have highlights from the session.

• The Washington Post recommends Breaking Bad (“the best TV show around”) for your summer viewing pleasure.

• Dean Norris tells Jimmy Kimmel that Breaking Bad‘s final scripts were redacted and joked you had to “read it in a room with Vince Gilligan pointing a gun at your head.”

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Want to Travel With Bryan Cranston in an RV to the Breaking Bad Premiere?

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Want to find out what it’s like to spend time in an RV with Heisenberg? Bryan Cranston has teamed up with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to take Breaking Bad‘s iconic Winnebago on one final ride to the Los Angeles premiere on Tue., Jul. 23, and they’re offering one lucky fan the chance to join him. Between now and Wed., Jul. 17, fans who donate $10 or more to NCMEC at Omaze.com/BreakingBad will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Los Angeles, where they’ll travel by RV to the premiere and be Cranston’s VIP guest at the after party. When you enter, not only do you get a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but you’re also helping NCMEC in its mission to recover victims of child abduction nationwide.

In promotion for the event, Cranston is making himself available to fans via a Reddit Ask Me Anything chat today, Tue., Jun. 18 at 5PM/4cClick here to join the conversation at Reddit.

Click here to donate to NCMEC and enter the contest.

Breaking Bad returns with the final 8 episodes Sun., Aug. 11 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Breaking Bad Late-Night Encores Return to AMC This Friday With Midnight Badness

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How did a high school chemistry teacher become Public Enemy Number 1? If you haven’t been keeping up with the series The Hollywood Reporter calls “one of the greatest dramas in TV history,” you might not have the faintest clue. Fortunately, AMC is encoring all five seasons of Breaking Bad with Midnight Badness, featuring multiple episodes airing late night every Friday starting June 21 at Midnight/11c. Stay up late or set your DVR to watch Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and the first half of 5. Witness Walter White’s dramatic transformation and get ready for the final 8 episodes premiering Sun., Aug. 11 at 9/8c on AMC.

Vince Gilligan Talks Final Episodes With EW; GQ Interviews Bryan Cranston

Episode-413-Walt-Jesse-325This week, Entertainment Weekly speaks with Vince Gilligan about the final eight episodes, while Bryan Cranston chats with GQ. Plus, Bob Odenkirk discusses his career and Saul with Made Man in a video interview. Read on for more:

• Vince Gilligan discusses the final episodes in Entertainment Weekly and warns viewers, “You need to really settle down on the couch and pay close attention because it’s going to come at you fast and furious in the final eight episodes.”

• Bryan Cranston talks to GQ in a video interview about Walt’s evolution: ”By the fourth season he had to fully embrace who he’s become in order to survive and learn that skill set of how to be a criminal.”

• Made Man interviews Bob Odenkirk, who discusses why Saul talks so much: “The dialogue was not just jibber-jabber. The character was trying to manipulate the people through his arguments that he was making.”

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Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston Win Critics’ Choice Awards

bb-episode-508-walt-325Last week the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the winners of the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and Breaking Bad was honored with the award for Best Drama, while Bryan Cranston picked up the trophy for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

In the Best Drama category, Breaking Bad tied for the award with HBO’s Game of Thrones, together beating out FX’s The Americans, PBS’s Downton Abbey, Showtime’s Homeland and CBS’s The Good Wife.

The Best Actor in a Drama Series category, Bryan Cranston won his second consecutive award, beating out Damian Lewis of Homeland, Timothy Olyphant of Justified, Matthew Rhys of The Americans, Kevin Spacey of House of Cards and Andrew Lincoln of AMC’s own The Walking Dead.

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the Broadcast Film Critics Association. BTJA includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis.

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Breaking Bad Receives Three TCA Award Nominations

BB-S5-Walt-Jesse-Couch-325Today the Television Critics Association announced its nominees for the 2013 TCA Awards, and Breaking Bad was honored with three nods in the Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Program of the Year categories, as well as an Individual Achievement in Drama nod for Bryan Cranston.

The nominations are part of five netted by AMC this year, with The Walking Dead receiving a nod for Program of the Year and Mad Men receiving a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

Click here to read more about The Walking Dead‘s nomination.

Click here to read more about Mad Men‘s nomination.

In the Individual Achievement in Drama category, Bryan Cranston will face Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Parenthood‘s Monica Potter and The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys for the award.

In the Outstanding Achievement in Drama category, Breaking Bad and Mad Men are up against FX’s The Americans, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Showtime’s Homeland.

In the Program of the Year category, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead will compete for the award against FX’s The Americans, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s House of Cards.

The awards will be presented Sat., Aug. 3 during the TCA summer press tour.

Vince Gilligan Joins LA Times Roundtable; Samuel L. Jackson Is “The One Who Knocks”

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This week, Vince Gilligan joins a Los Angeles Times showrunner chat, while Samuel L. Jackson performs Walt’s “I Am the One Who Knocks” speech. Plus, the Writers Guild names Breaking Bad one of the best written shows of all time. Read on for more:

• During a showrunner discussion, Vince Gilligan tells a Los Angeles Times, “The biggest gift I ever got in my life was getting to do this show. The second biggest gift was being told ‘You have exactly 16 more episodes.’” Gilligan also speaks with Wired about binge-watching and the rest of Season 5.

Yahoo has a video of Samuel L. Jackson giving Walt’s famous “I Am the One Who Knocks” speech from Season 4 and calls it “almost too awesome to comprehend.”

• The Writers Guild of America, West ranks Breaking Bad at No. 13 on its 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time list and quotes Vince Gilligan who called the idea for the series a “proverbial lightning strike.” The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times and Business Insider discuss the list.

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